For students - Before Applying Consider The Following Questions?
Why should I study abroad?
There a variety of reasons why you can and why you should do so, the most important being;
» Academic credit
» Language acquisition
» Practical experience
» International experience
» Resume building
» Experience of a lifetime
What is the perfect program for me?
Before you decide to leave it is essential that you know where your interests lie, don't just follow any direction. Make a plan pertaining to the universities you would like to join. Do some studying, find out if they are offering the programs you wish to pursue. Choosing your majors and electives can be a tough job if you don't know what kind of orientation you have in your career.
The Internet is a brilliant place to start your search, when looking for a particular program try and look for the following components;
» Time-length of program
» University offering the program
» Description of program
Once you know these things you will be able to decide if the choice you are about to make is in coordination with your interests and your financial standing.
What do I need to do before I leave?
1. To clear your perspective and to get the best direction talk to your parents, your schoolteachers or to a career counselor so you know your proper direction.
2. Apply for a passport.
3. As soon as you receive your passport, make a copy of the front page that has all your identification information, and keep it in a separate place from your passport. If your passport is lost or stolen, the copy will make it easier to get a new one.
4. Get a Visa- do some research and find out if your country of destination requires a visa. If so what kind of visa will you need? Sixty percent of the world's countries require visas for any length of stay. If you travel, you may need visas for other countries. Apply early for visas. Processing time varies widely.
5. Once you have your visa, get all your shots from the prescribed doctor and your medical checkup done.
6. Make sure to get student discounts with the help of your student ID card. Getting an International calling card is not such a bad idea, keep it for emergency purposes. Plan your budget; know the conversion rates. Consider the in-country costs before you go. You should develop a budget and live by it. Consider the costs of optional excursions, gifts, school supplies, internet access, in-country transportation and general living costs.
7. Learn about your destination- You're going to experience culture shock, no matter how cool you are, regardless of how diverse you are, and with no regard to your language ability you will have culture shock. One of the ways to have a better experience is to have realistic expectations. Read everything you can about your future home.
8. Pack Light, make sure to pack your patience and flexibility along.